United By Blue, the company that brought us the bison fiber socks last year, has blown past the funding goal for its next project: the Ultimate American Jacket. Say what you will about marketing run amok on that name, but the jacket sounds like it’s going to be pretty sweet. And potentially very warm.
The Ultimate American Jacket is already $126,000 past its Kickstarter project goal of $50,000, and there are still 21 days left to go in the campaign. If you’re hoping to get one of the jackets by Christmas you’re out of luck. Those launch quantities are already taken. However, as of this writing there are still an estimated 49 coats remaining for those who can wait until February 2016 to get their Ultimate American Jacket.
So, what’s so special about this coat? For starters, its crazy warm. As with its socks last year, United By Blue is using a bison fiber for the jacket’s primary insulation, a move that the company says will keep you “warm up to -30 degrees” Fahrenheit. However, that’s just one of the jacket’s four layers. It also has a 100% waterproof shell, an internal liner and a fleece vest that can be removed and worn on its own if you so desire.
With all that bison fiber and liner, there’s a conceptual risk of feeling a bit like Grizzly Adams. Don’t worry. The coat looks surprisingly sleek for all that heat, comes in three colors and offers both a men’s and women’s cut. Better yet, it’s got your gadgets covered too, with 14 pockets and fully waterproof seams.
One of the nicest creature comforts, at least for someone like me with Raynaud’s syndrome, is the hidden hand warmers behind the primary pockets. When the winter temperatures really drop, the torso’s bound to get chilly. However, it’s the hands and feet that get painfully cold, and those lined pockets could really help keep things toasty.
The only downfall of the Ultimate American Jacket is its price. When it’s in full production the jacket will retail for $608. The Kickstarter pricing is $300 less than that, which is a steal, but $308 is still a hefty chunk of change to drop on a coat before ever trying it on. I’m personally torn. Fortunately, I have three more weeks to decide how to proceed. The Ultimate American Jacket is scheduled to ship at full production quantities in Fall 2016.